Essential Yoga for Beginners
January 3rd-February 21st (closed)
February 28th-April 18th Book Online
Thursdays 5:30-6:45 PM
To reserve your spot, or to give as a gift for someone you love, call or book online:
Essential Yoga Series
8 Week Beginners Course:
Designed for those who want to deepen their understanding of Yoga as a healing art. Philosophy, breathing techniques, anatomy and alignment will be the primary focus. Additionally you will learn how to create a home practice that you can commit to. This is a private 8 week course and pre-registration is required; no drop-ins.
In this course we will explore:
Includes mat, props, and
1010 Porter Avenue
Ashtanga Yoga with
Saturday, February 23rd
11-2 PM and 3-6 PM
The workshop works best if you take the entire program and dedicate this time to yourself. Like the Ashtanga system, the limbs of yoga, or the mind/body matrix, each part is able to be taken apart and looked at on its own, but it is all one, all parts integral to each other. While the workshop is broken into two separate sessions, the afternoon sessions will certainly bounce off of many themes covered in the morning session. It is also the best way for Melanie to understand your needs as a student and get as full a picture of your body, breath and practice as possible.
11:00am - 2:00pm
What is Ashtanga yoga? How is it different from other styles of yoga? Where does it fit in the framework of classical yoga? What are the benefits of an Ashtanga practice? And what is the best way to practice it and why? Together we will discuss and explore Ashtanga yoga and the main principles that comprise it -- breath, internal energy controls, eye focal points and vinyasa. We will also discuss and explore some of the supporting principles -- adjustments, alignment, props and modifications. Through discussion and practice, Melanie will take you through the Primary Series.
3:00pm - 6:00pm
In this session, we will look at the role of our anatomy in yoga -- the function of the feet and legs, the pelvis, the spine, the shoulders, arms, and neck. And we will explore how our anatomy relates to our subtle body, i.e. the chakra system. We will use student bodies to discuss and explore these themes and come to a deeper understanding of movement with breath.
BIO:Melanie Fawer is the founder of Ashtanga Yoga Room, a yoga studio in uptown New Orleans that offers classes in the Ashtanga lineage of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) and K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009.) Melanie studied with Jois from 1994-2009, making annual trips to Mysore, India, and Certified by Jois in 2001, the highest honor in this esteemed yoga lineage. Her teaching encompasses classical yoga philosophy, Ashtanga yoga, and the chakra system.
Melanie received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University in 1992, working with the then unprecedented program Project H.E.L.P. which serves the mentally ill homeless of New York City. Upon returning home to New Orleans, Melanie worked with the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center (L.C.A.C.) as a criminal defense investigator on capital cases.
Today, Melanie continues to pursue her lifelong fascination with psychology and the realization of human potential through teaching, meditation, breath work, bio-energetics and on-going study with Anodea Judith, Ph.D., pioneer and innovator in the field of the subtle body. Melanie also sits on the board of Project Peaceful Warriors which puts yoga into public and charter schools, and on the board of Lyrica Baroque which uses classical music to teach emotional efficacy.
Melanie’s 25 years of experience in the healing arts and working with trauma are brought together in her annual Yoga Immersions and Trainings (www.ashtangayogaroom.com.)
Investment: $125 (Full Day) BOOK ONLINE
*To register for one session only contact Ellen at 228-327-4433
Chakra Tuning Workshop
With Kristen Kelly and Ellen Perkins
Saturday, January 26th 11:00-12:30 PM
Sound and movement are powerful ways to tap in to our energy centers, or chakras. Come open your field of awareness by moving through your unique vibration with a lyrical yoga sequence and healing tonal range of crystal singing bowls.
Investment: $35 (early bird) $40 at the door BOOK ONLINE
*Kristen is blessed to work in the beautiful community of Fairhope as a Massage Therapist and Energy Healer for 6 years. She has extensive knowledge in the use of Crystals, and Aromatherapy and their effect on the mind, body, and chakras. She is a Reiki Master and enjoys combining Eastern and Western modalities along with Sound to shift stagnant energy, and to bring peace and balance to mind, body, and spirit.
**Ellen is owner and lead instructor at Downtown Yoga in Ocean Springs and loves bringing the art of healing movement to her hometown. Ellen brings a fresh and fun approach to the practice combining her love of free movement, dance and classic yoga postures to make what she has started referring to as “lyrical yoga” sequences. She invites anyone interested in learning more about the chakras to join!
Sound Bath with Joshua Stoddard
Monday, February 4th 6-8:30 PM
Investment $25 Book Online
Find your Center Through Healing Harmonies
Unwind and relax in a peaceful atmosphere filled with calming sounds that resonate in harmony with your mind, body and spirit.
Joshua performs each sound bath with the intention of providing a calming experience to leave you feeling centered and recharged. His angelic soundscapes are created through a stream of consciousness process using voice, quartz crystal sound bowls, guitar, and shruti box. Joshua combines his passion and over 20 years experience as a musician with his love to provide a space of peace and healing for others.
Follow the link to get a taste! Listen Here
Introduction to Budokon with Daniel Wise
Saturday, February 9th 3-5 PM
Investment: $20 Book Online
Budokon® is one of the most unique contemporary training systems in the world. This yogic style is best described as a transition based yoga flow with continuous circular rotation. This yoga style honors its traditional roots of hatha (asana) yoga while bringing a completely unique martial arts circular influence. A BDK mixed movement artist is a true warrior yogi. This two hour Budokon® Yoga workshop is geared towards yogis, martial artists, fitness and movement enthusiasts who want to deepen range of motion, balance, alignment and breath. Step into a new realm with this thoughtfully designed offering that is guaranteed to awaken and evolve the warrior within. This series consists of 7 intelligently assembled sections of slow and controlled movements designed to improve mobility, agility, flexibility and strength. The techniques are learned through repetition and precision, the emphasis being on the transitions from posture to posture, rather than the holding of postures. The purpose of this class is to gain muscular strength, cardiovascular stamina, and joint mobility. Open to all levels. It is not Yoga, it is not martial arts, it is Budokon®.
$20 before 2/8. $25 Day of event.
SoundMind Workshop with Igor Iwanek
TBT (Coming Soon!)
SoundMind teaches participants to arrive at deep relaxation and comfortable silence through the means of sound & music. It is a very participatory and playful workshop. Since we learn best by playing, SoundMind is plain fun! Many of the exercises circumvent the logical brain. Therefore the training is a great source of learning for the participants about who they are as humans on a very instinctive level.
What will you gain through attending SoundMind?
-tools for quieting the racing mind & reconnecting with yourself,
-you'll experience deep meditative relaxation
-you'll experience presence in the moment
-you'll learn about breathing patterns - for stress relief
-you'll learn about one pointed focus practices
-you'll practice listening skills for empathy & better communication
-you'll learn to enjoy silence & introspection which are keys to daily happiness
-you'll make new friends!
Yoga is a practice of paying attention to the inner nature of who you are. You tune the physical body first, attend to your breath next to harness te stream of emotions and thoughts. Then you develop one pointed focus needed for deep introspection / meditation. You practice all that using sound - as the most natural connector between the outer and the inner worlds. SoundMind works on the breath, one pointed focus & sound aspects of yoga, drawing from an ancient practice of the so called Yoga of Sound.